Police in Fleetwood are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in the town’s memorial gardens.
The victim, who is 61 and from the local area, was walking through Fleetwood Memorial Park on Warrenhurst Road, after an afternoon of shopping on Friday.
He was approached by a group of teenagers and, feeling intimidated, he used a mop he had bought as defence.
The group, which was made up of both boys and girls, took it off him and used it to attack the man.
Det Con Shaun Sherridan, of Fleetwood CID is investigating the incident.
He said: “The youths used the mop to hit the man, causing minor injury.
“He had to go to hospital to be checked out.
“It was quite a nasty experience for him.”
Det Con Sherridan said police were looking at CCTV from both the park and the nearby football club and officers were speaking to people who live nearby to try to identify the group of youths.
He added: “There are some witnesses to the assault who helped the man and called the police, but we’d like to speak to anyone who has any information about what happened.
“We know that these youths were wearing dark clothing.
“We are appealing to members of the public who might know something to come forward and help us catch those responsible.
“Maybe you heard some local young people talking about this incident.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.